CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona thought something was wrong when he spotted pitcher Brett Myers in the team's dugout at Progressive Field during Friday's win over the Mariners. Myers was scheduled to be in nearby Akron making a rehab Double-A rehab start.
"When I first saw him," Francona said, "I was like, 'Was there a screwup? Weren't you supposed to pitch?'"
Myers did pitch.
The right-hander just worked so swiftly and efficiently that he was able to make the trek back to Cleveland in time to catch the rest of the Tribe's game with his teammates. In three innings for the Aeros, Myers allowed no runs and one hit with one walk issued. He logged 33 pitches and then threw in the bullpen to build up to 50 tosses on the day.
Francona indicated that Myers would make another Minor League rehab appearance on Tuesday. After that appearance, which will likely include five innings and roughly 75 pitches, Myers might be cleared to be activated for Cleveland.
Myers, 32, has been on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury since April 20. The pitcher had complained of more soreness between outings than during the games he pitched. Under the circumstances, Myers was thrilled that he felt fine on Saturday following his first rehab appearance.
"I was fine and it feels good today," Myers said Saturday. "That's all that matters."
The Indians signed Myers to a one-year contract worth $7 million over the offseason, but he struggled out of the gate, going 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA and 10 home runs allowed in 21 1/3 innings (four games). Cleveland is hoping that Myers' arm injury is the only explanation for his early woes.
While Myers has been sidelined, the Tribe's rotation has gone 13-7 with a 3.93 ERA, and the team as a whole has won a Major League-leading 18 games.
"It kind of makes me think I was a bad luck charm," Myers joked. "The way they're playing now, it's kind of hard for me to come back and say, 'Hey, I want some of this.'"